PHOTOS: Boston feels earthquake

Outside 111 Devonshire Street just moments after Boston felt the quake

The question being repeated on Boston streets this afternoon: “Was that an earthquake?”
Office workers took to the streets this afternoon after feeling the waves from a 5.9 earthquake centered in Virginia.

“It felt as if I had vertigo. It lasted a few seconds and then it kicked up again lasting a total of 15 seconds or so. We all looked at each other and then the blinds started to sway and the desks and windows began to creak. Then it hit everyone that it was an earthquake. We all went to the stairwells and quickly evacuated the building. A few hundred people evacuated from the building and nearby businesses,” said Brian Adams, a spokesman for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

“It felt like I was on a boat,” said Kristin, 26, who was in the Boston Harbor Hotel during the earthquake. “I’m from California, so I I recognized the feeling right away. But people in my office didn’t know what was going on. I’ve never felt a quake in Boston before though.”

Erin Dillon, 24, who works on Congress Street, said everybody at her work sort of stayed at their desks. She said at first, she thought she was just getting dizzy, but then people started to evacuate from the building.

“I think it points a little bit to the changing weather and global warming issues,” said Dillon. “It would be nice to have some safety measures in place for something like this.”

“I was on the Commuter train from providence when it happened,” said Andy Brunner, 27, who is completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. “It’s not a good city to have a big earthquake in, but I think we can handle the little ripples.”

Boston Police reported receiving high call volume to its 911 center as a result of the shaking. There have been no significant reports of damage or injuries in the area, Boston Police posted on its Twitter feed.

Public Safety officials did respond to 111 Devonshire Street for reports of structural damage, but the scene has since been cleared.

The initial reports were that the Brown Brothers Harriman building at 50 Milk St. had shifted so significantly that it was touching the Moors and Cabot building at 111 Devonshire, but property manager Gary Morris said the buildings have always been that way. Morris said the 11-story building was built in 1911 and the 3/8-inch gap that’s always seperated the buildings is still there.
Regardless, people mobbed the scene to take pictures.

There are also reports that air traffic from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York is being diverted to Logan Airport.

Due to tremors felt on its campus, UMass Boston has closed for the remainder of the day, cancelling all activities and classes, according to an announcement on its website.

Stay with Metro for more information and photos as the situation continues to develop.




News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

By Piya Sinha-RoyLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel Entertainment's chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from adding…

National

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Islamic State insurgents released a video purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

Local

VIDEO: NYPD seeks shooter in East New York…

Cops are on the lookout for an unknown shooter who aimed and missed hitting a man on a bicycle, instead nearly striking a nearby officer in East New York.

Local

NYS state forces thrift shops comply with ban…

Nine New York City thrift shops were reprimanded by the state attorney general for selling children's clothes with drawstrings around the neck and waist.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 11,…

Caleb's not a ghost. Spencer might still be an attempted murderer. And Hanna's going to die next week. In other words, we actually got some…

Movies

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

Marvel Entertainment's Stan Lee is adding outposts to his creative empire to interest a new generation of children in super heroes of all shapes and sizes.

Television

Mira Sorvino explores immortality on 'Intruders'

Mira Sorvino's new show "Intruders" centers around a secret society that achieves immortality by taking over the bodies of other people.

Television

5 things you need to know about new…

"Doctor Who" returns Saturday with a new star, Peter Capaldi. Here's some things to know about him (mainly his turn as sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker).

MLB

Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

NFL

David Wilson returns to triple jump, sets sights…

Giants fans know David Wilson can jump. They are just more used to seeing him go for backflips, not distance.

Style

11 timeless gifts for registries or just because

Gifts to prove you're a style maven once and for all.

Parenting

How everyday moments can inspire kids' creativity

"The Artist's Way for Parents" author Julia Cameron gives advice on how parents and children can be creative together.

Tech

How to stay safe online

Stop worrying about keeping your online passwords safe, and start worrying about keeping your username a secret. Actually, worry about both. According to Shaun Murphy…

Tech

OpenTable now lets you pay your bill via…

The restaurant app OpenTable added the ability to pay your bill (and tip) with your phone, thus cutting back on a few dining annoyances.